Spanish club Real Madrid swept the nominations for the UEFA awards for last season, securing six (out of a total of 12) nominations for best players in each positional category who played in last year’s UEFA Champion’s League. Real Madrid won the European title for the second time in a row last year, and also claimed the La Liga title to finish with a rare double. Christiano Ronaldo, who scored the most goals in last year’s European championship, was nominated as one of three best forwards, alongside Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’s Paulo Dybala.
For the midfield position, Real players Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric were nominated for all the three available spots making sure Real was going to claim the award for the best midfielder no matter what. Real full-back defender Marcelo and centre-back Sergio Ramos were nominated in the best defender category alongside Juventus’s Leonardo Bonucci. Bonucci has since switched to Serie A side AC Milan. In the best goalkeeper category, it was Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon, Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak who made the list. The goalkeeper category is the only one that does not have a Real Madrid player.
The winners will be announced at the Champions League 2017-18 group draw on August 24. UEFA will also announce the winners of the Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year award, the nominations for which are scheduled to be announced on August 15. The nominations were awarded by a jury of 32 managers from teams that participated in last year’s Champions League, as well as 55 sports journalists selected by the European Sports Media(ESM) group.